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Nana Maru San Batsu

A faint part of my memory recalls an old video that I used to watch online, depicting several people as contestants competing against one another in some intense gameshow. While I can no longer find that video anywhere, its brief but memorable portrait of what usually goes on in a professional quiz show has actually remained somewhere in my mind. Which is good, I guess? Since of late, I have stumbled upon an anime that is surprisingly reminiscent of quizzes and such. I haven't really dug deep into it though, but the first few episodes did leave a good impression. Nana Maru San Batsu, literally Seven Right, Three Wrong. Catchy, isn't it?

I would probably be overwhelmed to an early defeat if I were a part of something similar. Those are some insanely fast reactions and thoughts going around, and I can never be a tiny fraction of what is expected since my brain doesn't work too well these days. I am being brutal here! Quizzes take up a lot, really a lot out of someone. Once you dive into the whirlpool, there is no getting out!

One particularly memorable aspect of the anime is the prediction of questions, how they are asked and what they will ask. The former is not just an acquired skill but an art form. The more experienced players would easily hit the buzzers upon hearing just the first few words, while the rest of us remain baffled. Apparently, there are so many ways to go around a certain question that it really demands much focus and dedication, which is why quizzes are no longer just entertainment.

Even a millisecond counts! The response has no room for the slightest miss, or it is another plunge down the ladder. I think it is a given that the fingers would require some rearranging at the end of the day! Coordination is such a difficult thing to master, and the rushes that affect one's judgement can be a nuisance sometimes. But from the spectator's point of view, it is an exciting rollercoaster ride.

I think it isn't wrong to describe quiz fanatics as the image of a walking encyclopedia. The mass amount of knowledge that is at least the bare minimum to a player is undoubtedly a high kick off the cliff to the average person, and what are the odds that something just off the air would be asked? Very high. I saw some of the questions that were asked in the anime, and if my jaw could drop any further I bet it just would!

I just realised that the anime has ended its run recently. Well, I would love to catch up on this amazing series more engagingly this time! There is also the manga that I am very tempted to read. Hmm...

Eccentrically Yours.

Written by J.Fluffysheep ♪

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